Threatening and Intimidating – An Arizona Criminal Offense
Threatening and intimidating another person can land you with varying criminal charges in the state of Arizona. According to A.R.S. 13-1202, threatening and intimidating can be committed by word or conduct.
Common situations in which threatening or intimidating may occur are those of gang activity, stalking, harassment, and domestic violence cases.
Threatening and Intimidating – Class 1 Misdemeanor Charges
An individual can be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor if they threaten or intimidate by word or conduct in the following situations:
- To cause physical injury to another person or serious damage to the property of another.
- To cause, or in reckless disregard to causing, serious public inconvenience including, but not limited to, evacuation of a building, place of assembly or transportation facility.
Class 1 misdemeanor charges can result in incarceration of up to six months.
Threatening and Intimidating – Class 6 Felony Charges
An individual can be charged with a class 6 felony if they commit either of the above-listed class 1 misdemeanor offenses with at least one of the following factors:
- In retaliation for a victim’s either reporting criminal activity or being involved in an organization, other than a law enforcement agency, that is established for the purpose of reporting or preventing criminal activity.
- The offender is a member of a criminal street gang.
First time offenders of class 6 felonies can be sentenced to incarceration of up to 2 years.
Threatening and Intimidating – Class 3 Felony Charges
An individual can be charged with a class 3 felony if they threaten or intimidate by word or conduct to:
- Cause physical injury to another person in order to promote, further or assist in the interests of or to cause, induce or solicit another person to participate in a criminal street gang, a criminal syndicate or a racketeering enterprise.
- Cause damage to the property of another in order to promote, further or assist in the interests of or to cause, induce or solicit another person to participate in a criminal street gang, a criminal syndicate or a racketeering enterprise.
First time offenders of class 3 felonies can be sentenced to incarceration of up to 8.75 years.
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